266 watches to be auctioned by Bonhams Auction House on February 19th 2019 in London, Knightbridge
Some interesting pieces...
LEMANIA. A STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND MILITARY CUSHION FORM WRISTWATCH ISSUED TO THE CZECH AIR FORCE
£ 700 - 900
€ 800 - 1,000
Lemania. A stainless steel manual wind military cushion form wristwatch issued to the Czech Air Force
Date: Circa 1950
Movement: 17-jewel Cal.3050 manual wind, No.588756
Dial: Black, luminous Arabic numerals, luminous outer minute track, polished pointed baton hands with luminous inserts, centre seconds
Case: Polished cushion form, screw down back engraved 'Majetek Vojenske Spravy' and numbered '5476'
Strap/Bracelet: Black crocodile leather
Buckle/Clasp: Steel buckle
Signed: Dial & movement
A. LANGE & SOHNE. AN OVERSIZED GERMAN MILITARY STEEL MANUAL WIND OBSERVATION WRISTWATCH ACCOMPANIED BY A PILOTS COMPASS
£ 3,000 - 5,000
€ 3,400 - 5,700
A. Lange & Sohne. An oversized German military steel manual wind observation wristwatch accompanied by a pilots compass
Date: Circa 1942
Movement: Matte gilt jewelled manual wind, bi-metallic compensation balance with gold compensation and balance screws, No.215397
Dial: Second pattern matte black, outer 60 second divisions and Arabic five second markers, inner 12 hour chapter, blued steel sword hands with luminous inserts, centre running white seconds
Case: Polished round case with snap on back engraved 215391, band engraved FL23883
Strap/Bracelet: Oversized grey NATO
Accompaniments: Compass numbered AK39, FL23235-1 with black leather strap, spare leather oversized strap
In the 1940's, the German Air Force or Luftwaffe, commissioned watches for their pilots from IWC, Laco, Stowa, Wempe, and A. Lange & Sohne.
Produced to the Luftwaffe's specifications, the watches all have a mechanical movement with centre seconds, cases measuring 55mm to accommodate the large movements (which were typically used in pocket watches) and have an oversized crown. The watches would all be fitted on an extra-long leather strap so they could be worn over a flight jacket. The crown could be operated with gloves on pulling it out stops the central seconds. The movement would be surrounded by an iron core, making the watch anti-magnetic.
These watches became known as the B-Uhr style, abbreviated for Beobachtungs-uhren, or "Observation" watch. The B-Uhr had two dial variations - Type A dials featured a standard outer minute track and large triangle at 12 o'clock, while the later Type B dials had an inner hour track and outer minute track as with the current example.
The watch cases were engraved on the left side "FL23883" to identify the watch was for navigation. On the inside of the case back, it contained further identifying numbers and information: type (Bauart), production number (Gerät-Nr.), movement (Werk-Bez.), order number (Anforderz), and manufacturer (Hersteller).
PANERAI. A STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND CUSHION FORM WRISTWATCH
Pre-Vendome Luminor, Ref: 5218-201/A, Circa 1993
£ 7,000 - 9,000
€ 8,000 - 10,000
Panerai. A stainless steel manual wind cushion form wristwatch
Model: Pre-Vendome Luminor
Date: Circa 1993
Movement: 17-jewel Cal.6497 manual wind
Dial: Black, luminous baton hour markers, Arabic numeral quarters, black pointed baton hands with luminous inserts
Case: Brushed and polished cushion form, screw down back, No.0559
Strap/Bracelet: Brown Panerai leather
Buckle/Clasp: Signed steel buckle
Signed: Case, dial & movement
Accompaniments: Panerai box, Guarantee booklet, spare brown leather strap
Since their inception in 1860 Panerai have had a long history of producing watches for the Italian Navy as well as other forces at various times. In 1993 the company decided to move these once exclusive military watches into the open market allowing for the general population to obtain their products. The nickname 'Pre-Vendome' covers this period from 1993 until 1997 when the company were acquired by the Vendome Group which is now known as the conglomerate Richemont.
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